Duke Energy senior restructuring changes roles for 14 in leadership

Lynn Good

North Carolina-based utility giant Duke Energy has restructured its senior management team involving more than a dozen changes among those who report to CEO Lynn Good.

Two executive vice presidents and division leaders also are retiring at the end of September. Lloyd Yates, who is EVP of customer delivery operations and president of Duke Energy’s Carolinas region, and Frank Yoho, executive vice president and president of Duke Energy’s natural gas business, have both decided to retire at the end of September after long careers in the industry.

 “I am extremely grateful for the contributions of Lloyd Yates and Frank Yoho and am excited about the depth of talent in our company, which positions us for success in a rapidly changing environment. The incredible pace of change within our industry puts a premium on having an agile organization,” Good said in a staterment. “We have been at work over the last several years to develop talent to respond to these changes and are prepared to continue our strategic momentum.”

Meanwhile, 12 other executives will change roles and/or take on enhanced duties in the Duke restructuring. All of the changes take effect October 1.

Julie Janson, EVP of external affairs and chief legal officer, will keep the former role while also becoming president of the Carolinas region, succeeding Yates.

Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke’s president in South Carolina, will become chief legal officer to succeed Janson. In that role Ghartey-Tagoe will advise the board of directors, senior management and lead the general counsel office.

Other changes include:

Brian Savoy, currently senior vice president, business transformation and technology, will become senior vice president, business transformation technology, and chief administrative officer.

Harry Sideris, currently senior vice president and chief distribution officer, will become senior vice president, customer delivery and services. Sideris will lead an organization that consolidates the customer delivery, customer experience, customer services and grid solutions organizations under one leader.

Doug Esamann, currently executive vice president, energy solutions and president, Midwest and Florida regions, will add the company’s natural gas business to his responsibilities. With these added responsibilities, Doug will oversee all of the company’s natural gas operations in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Michael Callahan, currently vice president, investor relations, will become Duke Energy’s state president in South Carolina. Bryan Buckler, currently director of finance for the Carolinas, will become vice president of investor relations.

Bryan Buckler, currently director of finance for the Carolinas, will become vice president of investor relations.

Sasha Weintraub, currently senior vice president, chief commercial officer for natural gas, will add operational and regulatory responsibilities and become senior vice president, natural gas business unit. Peter Toomey, currently senior vice president of enterprise strategy and planning, will become senior vice president of strategic regulatory initiatives.

Peter Toomey, currently senior vice president of enterprise strategy and planning, will become senior vice president of strategic regulatory initiatives.

Louis Renjel, currently senior vice president of federal government affairs, will also add stakeholder strategy and sustainability to his responsibilities, becoming senior vice president, federal government and corporate affairs.

Cari Boyce, currently senior vice president of stakeholder strategy and sustainability, and president of the Duke Energy Foundation, will become senior vice president of enterprise strategy and planning. Louis Renjel, currently senior vice president of federal government affairs, will also add stakeholder strategy and sustainability to his responsibilities, becoming senior vice president, federal government and corporate affairs.

Shawn Heath, currently vice president and chief of staff, will become vice president, chief of staff and president of the Duke Energy Foundation.

 

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